The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Working Witch-Maiden

The reason our handsome guest finds a coin under his pillow every morning is that he has swallowed a bird’s heart. My mother, who is a witch, wants me to get him to cough it up. She said we have more right to it than he does.

I hate the jobs she makes me do! How am I going to coax it from him? I don’t want to! But she says, “If you don’t obey me, you will regret it.” I am forced to be obedient, yet I know that after this task, there will be more. There is no end to her greed, no end to her abuse.

The Working Witch-Maiden in The Donkey Cabbage, Yellow Fairy Book